DThe matter seemed settled. Somewhat. Last weekend, the CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had carelessly answered an interview question on a possible party exclusion of Hans-Georg Maaßen. Maaßen, who after successful years as President of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution had become increasingly offensive opponent of the asylum policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel, had to vacate his job in the dispute with this. Since then he has been the most prominent member of the CDU and CSU-owned “value union”, mainly through East German parts of the country, where he spreads his criticism of refugee policy – among others.
The CDU leadership in Berlin has long since annoyed Maaßen. But party campaigners in Thuringia and Saxony, who are preparing for elections in early September and late October, know that Maaßen is well received by many of their voters and, perhaps, voters. They do not want to court the former constitutionalist, but do not really mind if perhaps one or the other fickle man shows himself impressed by Maaßen and in the end chooses the CDU instead of the AfD.
In this respect, it came in Saxony at top candidate Michael Kretschmer and in Thuringia at the CDU state chairman Mike Mohring not good, as Kramp-Karrenbauer responded to the interview question of the possibility of a party exclusion against Maassen, she was a former Saarland Interior Minister “happy that Mr. Maassen no longer has any responsibility for the German constitutional protection “. The CDU is in danger if different opinions are expressed. But she was also a party supported by a common bourgeois-conservative attitude. “To make a policy under the guise of the CDU, which sees the political opponents, especially in their own ranks, this attitude does not do justice,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer Anlauf to answer the crucial part of the question.
There are good reasons to avoid someone from a party. “But I see no attitude in Mr. Maassen, which still really connects him with the CDU.” It could at least give the impression that the CDU chairman banned a dismissal Maaßens outright into the realm of impossibility. When the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus had realized which kind of fire the boss had fired, apparently unintentionally, first her employees and then herself tried to extinguish it with the assurance that one did not seek to exclude Maaßens. As I said: This could have ended the thing: Unfortunate formulation, cover on the fat bowl. Ending.
But then Wolfgang Schäuble came. On Friday, when the dispute over Kramp-Karrenbauer's statements seemed to have been forgotten in the great political-media Berlin uprising machine, the Bundestag President of the “Bild” newspaper donated two short sentences: “The question of whether or not Mr Maassen may be a member of the CDU , belongs in the range of joke events. Why should not Mr. Maassen be a member of the CDU? “Schäuble knows the business well enough to know that a term like” joke events “would get stuck. His remarks are reminiscent of November 2015, when the Union argued fiercely about Merkel's asylum policy and Schäuble spoke in the direction of the Chancellor: “Avalanches can be triggered when some slightly careless skier goes up the slope and moves a bit of snow.” At that time called he does not like Merkel's name. This time he did not mention Kramp-Karrenbauer's. He did not have to. It is clear anyway who is meant.
Maaßen: “Beneficial” utterances Schäubles
Wolfgang Schäuble did not want Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to become CDU chairman. He fought for a victory of Friedrich Merz, whom he obviously trusted a greater integration power for the People's Party CDU, which he also wanted to see as chancellor. Merz defeated Kramp-Karrenbauer in the board election in December, but conceivably scarce. Schäuble had given the impression of having arranged himself with the decision of the delegates. From him no attacks or even taunts could be heard against the new boss. Until Friday. Schäuble could easily have renounced to open this barrel again. But he does not. Maaßen has – not surprisingly – pleased. “Beneficial” were the words of the Bundestag President. On the “Tagesspiegel” he offered Kramp-Karrenbauer on Friday evening also talks about possible future places of action. “I'm happy to meet with her and explain my positions,” he told the newspaper. The desire for a policy change was at the CDU base and also at the middle official level “very large”. Maaßen demanded: “The mildew of stagnation must make room for modernization.” The Konrad-Adenauer-Haus did not want to comment on the matter.
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